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San Diego Comic-Con 2011 tickets on sale and then off sale

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For a brief shining moment, geeks everywhere erupted in joy as they prepared for their annual moment in the sun -- or the San Diego Comic-Con International 2011, to the layperson -- when tickets went on sale today.

As a tried-and-true geek myself, the moment always brings a brief feeling of euphoria, followed by panic. Thanks to the past few years of total embrace by Hollywood, the once-insider-only Con has become the hot ticket of the summer in Southern California with everyone from Johnny Depp to the Twilight kids dropping by the downtown convention center to check out the four-day affair.

It seems that popularity broke the site already. Within hours, a notice appeared: "We are really sorry for the problems with registration today. We do not know what the technical issues are, so we have temporarily closed registration."

The future ticket sales will be announced on Nov. 8 after they determine what caused the breakdown. I can already give them the answer: nerds like me bombing the site. We'll see if they can avert that problem next week.

By Melissa Bell  | November 1, 2010; 2:13 PM ET
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